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Unemployment rates

On average in 2022, the unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in the city of Bonn and 6.8 percent in the state of NRW. In the surrounding Rhein-Sieg district, the unemployment rate was significantly lower at 5 percent and in the federal government at 5.3 percent. Thus, all spatial units observed here were able to significantly reduce their unemployment rates compared to the previous year. At minus 0.8 percentage points, the decline was most pronounced in the city of Bonn. In the Rhein-Sieg district, the annual average unemployment rate fell by 0.6 percentage points, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia by 0.5 percentage points and in the federal government by 0.4 percentage points.

Over the ten-year period from 2012 to 2022, unemployment rates were lowest in 2019 in all four observed spatial units, with the rate in the city of Bonn at 6.3 percent. Due to the Corona pandemic, rates increased in 2020 and 2021. Despite the large declines in unemployment rates in 2022, the comparatively low level from 2019 has not yet been fully regained.

In a comparison of the 20 largest German cities, Bonn is exactly in the middle of all the cities considered with an average unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in 2022. All cities together have an average unemployment rate of 7.5 percent in 2022 (previous year: 8.1 percent). The cities of Munich (4.3 percent), Münster (4.4 percent) and Stuttgart (4.5 percent) perform comparatively best. By contrast, unemployment rates in the Ruhr area cities of Duisburg (12.2 percent), Dortmund (10.9 percent) and Essen (10 percent) are more than twice as high at the other end of the scale. Bonn's neighboring cities in the Rhineland have the following unemployment rates: Düsseldorf 6.8 percent and Cologne 8.6 percent.

Unemployment rates of women and men

A more differentiated look at the average unemployment rates for 2022 shows that in the city of Bonn, men are more affected by unemployment with a rate of 7.3 percent than women with 6.5 percent. In a similar way – although not quite as pronounced – this also applies to the Rhein-Sieg district, to North Rhine-Westphalia as a whole and also to the federal territory.

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Mr. Dr. Matthias Schönert